Politics is built on rumor and innuendo. Just look at the campaigns for elected office. Then, when someone finally wins, they take office and the mud doesn't stop. Like a Timex, it takes a licking and keeps on ticking.
Now get your scorecards ready. You'll need one for this highly publicized brouhaha.
Supposedly Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) reportedly said to President Barack Obama, "I cannot even stand to look at you," during a debt deal meeting between the president and top House Republicans.
Okay, let's break it down with help from Ashley Alman over at Huffington Post.
1. Obama Meets With House Republicans To Discuss A Debt Deal
Obama meets with 20 House Republicans for a 90-minute meeting on Oct. 10
2. After The Meeting, Sessions Tells CNN He Clashed With The President
Following the meeting, CNN's Dana Bash asks Sessions, "Did you clash with the president? Is that fair to say?"
"I did," he responds.
3. Nabors Tells Democratic Senate Leaders What Happened In The Meeting
White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors meets with Senate Democratic leaders and tells them about the supposed Sessions incident,
4. Reid Tells Senate Democrats What Happened
On Tuesday, Oct. 15, Reid relays the story to his Democratic caucusand names Sessions, according to two Democratic senators.
5. Durbin Tells His Facebook Friends What Happened
6. White House Spokesman Jay Carney Throws Durbin Under The Bus
White House Spokesman Jay Carney denies that any Sessions-Obama exchange ever took place.
7. Democratic Senators Tell HuffPost That Reid Told Senators About The Alleged Sessions Incident, Undermining Carney's Denial
Two Democratic Senators confirm to HuffPost that Reid told his caucus about the insult during their Oct. 15 caucus meeting.
8. The White House Says It Was All A Big Misunderstanding
A White House official tells HuffPost the administration did, in fact, tell Reid and other Senate Democratic leaders the story about Sessions, but says there was a miscommunication.
9. Sessions Offers An Awfully Strange Denial
Sessions denies the alleged insult when speaking with reporters on Thursday, saying anyone who may have been within earshot is lying, and anyone who taped the conversation broke protocol.
So if you were close enough to hear this alleged insult, you didn't really hear it. But if you have me saying it on tape, you didn't have the right to tape me (...not saying what I evidently did say).
Well, now, there you have it. The offending statement was reported, denied, verified, miscommunication blamed, clarified, denied, verified, and finally sort of denied (at least on a technicality), but not really.
Ain't politics swell?
To hear Senator Elizabeth Warren tell it, if minimum wage kept pace with the rise in productivity from 1960 until today, minimum wage would currently be $22/hr. But it's only $7.25/hr. EW enlists that aid of Arindrajit Dube, Ph.D UMass professor of economics to school restaurateur Dave Rutigliano at a senate sub-committee hearing. She demands to know what happened to the other $14.75/hr. Who's getting it? She points out quite effectively, it's not the worker. And it's not Rutigliano's sound math.
Sometimes it doesn't take a complex question to get a complex answer. Seems raising the minimum wage to $10.10/hr would only raise a McDonald's $7 meal four cents. And for that four cents, listen to Rutigliano defend how he'd have to raise the cost by much more, because he's not McDonald's. He's right. He's not. And perhaps we'd he'd be better off if he ran his business more like Mickey D's. It's amazing how many contortions people will go through to keep hard working, minimum wage workers from making livable earnings. Senator Warren makes it clear she may be buying a burger, but she's not buying this guy's bull.
Oh, John McCain. You can't win for losing. You’re a hawk in search of a war and when you finally find it, what do you do? You play games.
If you were in class, being educated by a teacher and were caught playing with an electronic device, you’d have had it confiscated and you’d be sent expelled from the class. Instead, you sit there, flip-flop on your important hawkish views, then finally vote. But based on what? A pair of sixes?
America’s future isn’t a poker game unless you make it one. We’re expecting you to make decisions about our future, and our safety. And how do you treat it? Like it’s a game. A silly game. And you’re not very good at it. You self-profess to have lost thousands in your fantasy play yesterday. I don’t think I want a man like you representing me in life and death decisions.
Whether or not US troops will be in harm’s way will be directly impacted by your vote. Syrian civilians – men, women and children – are sure to be collateral damage. Isn’t that more important than drawing to an inside straight?
You owe your fellow senators, the President, the SOS and the American people an apology. You cheated us of your time and experience by disrespecting all of us with your silly poker game. Show some courage. Do what a true soldier should do. Take responsibility and accept your punishment – listening to the monotonous, droning on of the most boring man in America, John Kerry. I’ll agree his tedious tones challenge sardines not to roll up the tin lid on their cans but if we have to pay attention, so do you. You get paid very well for this. We don’t. So man up, John McCrime.
And we've had enough of your goofy expressions having been called out on your antics. If you’re not sure about what you did wrong, listen to Professor Jon Stewart as he explains:
Trayvon Martin’s father will speak at Wednesday’s inaugural hearing of the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys.
Tracy Martin will give the opening remarks at a hearing called “The Status of Black Males: Ensuring Our Boys Mature into Strong Men.” The newly formed caucus is chaired by Reps. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.). [...]
Member of the Congressional Black Caucus are also drafting a number of bills including anti-violence measures, efforts to scrap stand-your-ground laws and prohibitions on racial profiling.
Three others will also speak.
Of course, we all know this will get very little media attention as long as there is something like a royal door that the media can focus on:
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